By CLINT FOSTER
It was the Community Christian Warriors’ first padded practice of the season in Miller Stadium.
Sweat rolled down head coach Bryan Horton’s face, cooling his body from his energetic coaching style in the oppressive August heat.
When asked a question about his expectations for the upcoming season, he answered quite plainly:
“There’s no reason we don’t have our eye on the playoffs,” he said. “It’s hard to say whether state semifinals is the absolute goal, but this team’s talking about a state championship and there’s no reason not to. They’ve got the talent.
“As long as they don’t get hurt, they’ve got the talent to roll.”
Many might have scoffed at the Warriors’ ultimate goal three months ago.
After all, this was a team fresh off of a 1-9 season with mostly familiar faces.
But CCS refused to back down from a challenge.
They have grinded out a 5-4 season (1-1 in district) and are now one win away from the playoff berth they set out to achieve.
The Willow Park Trinity Christian Academy Eagles (6-3, 1-1) roll into Mineral Wells today for a win-or-go-home matchup to crown the second place team in TCAF District 3 and punch that squad’s ticket to the postseason.
CCS will no doubt be looking to make history in front of their home crowd at historic Miller Stadium at 7 p.m.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is football.
Exceeding expectations and making history have been par for the course of this Warriors team lately. While most six-man teams rely heavily on pass-happy spread offenses, the Warriors have been committed to a punishing, smashmouth form of football that depends on a strong running game to wear down opponents.
But that has not stopped them from scoring. Last week, the Warriors earned their first district win over El Paso Immanuel Christian (3-6, 0-2) in a neutral site shootout in Sterling City, 102-70. The 102 points were the most any CCS team has ever scored in a single game in school history.